Billy Novick

“Sincerity… elegance… a lovely celebration of tunefulness” — Downbeat

Billy Novick will perform in the Great Clarinet Summit in 2018. He will be joined by Don Byron, Evan Ziporyn, Eran Egozy, a special guest artist and the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble & MIT Wind Ensemble led by Music Director Frederick Harris Jr. The exciting and eclectic program will include Byron’s Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, music for jazz and chamber ensembles featuring the clarinet and a special world premiere featuring all guest soloists.

Billy Novick is internationally recognized as a musician, performer, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has made spotlight appearances at numerous festivals, including the Kool, Newport, Edinburgh, Brecon (Wales), Marciac (France), and Breda (Netherlands) jazz festivals, as well as the Philadelphia and Winnipeg folk festivals.

As a composer, arranger or studio musician, Novick’s music has appeared in more than 100 film scores, television shows and commercials, including John Sayles’ Eight Men Out and Lone Star, Wes Craven’s Music of the Heart and The Opposite of Sex and Gary Ross’s Seabiscuit. His clarinet playing can be heard on the theme songs of the popular PBS shows Antiques Roadshow and This Old House.

Novick has composed 15 pieces for modern dance and has created two full-length ballet scores for the Washington Ballet—The Great Gatsby and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises. Each ballet premiered to seven sold-out, enthusiastic houses at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His jugband adaptation of Peter and the Wolf (on Alcazar Records, with Dave Van Ronk narrating) premiered in New York’s Lincoln Center in 1992, and his orchestral arrangements have been performed throughout the United States and Europe.

 

More at the artist’s website: Billy Novick

Upcoming Events

The Great Clarinet Summit
May 11, 2018 / 8:00pm
MIT Kresge Auditorium, W16
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

$10 general admission, $5 for clarinet students. Tickets are free for the MIT community in advance, and $5 at the door.

This unique event features renowned clarinetists Don Byron, Evan Ziporyn, Billy Novick, Eran Egozy, and a surprise guest artist along with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble & MIT Wind Ensemble, led by Music Director Frederick Harris, Jr. The exciting and eclectic program will include Byron’s Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, music for jazz and chamber ensembles featuring the clarinet, a special world premiere featuring all guest soloists, and a community play-along piece for all attending clarinetists of all ages!*

*If you are a clarinetist and interested in the community play-along piece, please email clarinet_summit@mit.edu.

Billy Novick. Credit: Denise Maccaferri.
Billy Novick. Credit: Denise Maccaferri.

Selected Past Projects